Contextual Information Database
The ISEAL Alliance has created an online contextual information database, to help organizations reduce the burden of collecting contextual information themselves (e.g. global commodity prices). This was developed on Smartsheet and has useful sources, descriptions and access links (e.g. fews.net for livelihood information and FAO on food and agriculture).
Global Living Wage Coalition site
Here you will find reports and infographics from living wage studies conducted across the globe. A treasure trove of useful information, the site holds detailed insights about household living costs and expenses, local dietary requirements and decent housing information for a number of geographies. All studies on this site were conducted using the Anker methodology; the approach endorsed by the Living Income CoP.
A wealth of knowledge and information exists on the current status of smallholder livelihoods, their activities and learning's from past and existing income improvement strategies. This has been collected and made available by various actors for numerous contexts and geographies. More and more often is this information becoming easily accessible and freely available for reference and use and should be the first place to explore before thinking about and defining interventions for income improvement.
Here are some links to some particularly useful sources:
Using existing information to gain insights and drive change
CGAP Smallholder Families Data Hub
CGAP, part of the World Bank created these interactive dashboards provide easy access to more than 300,000 data points on smallholder families' financial lives, drawn from nationally representative household surveys across six countries: Bangladesh, Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. This is a great resource for gaining clear insights into smallholder livelihoods and needs.